Hand Picked Quotes


The thing about maps – Seth Godin

Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them. – Brené Brown.

Information is data with a purpose and a context.

Designing is about specifics. Unlike science or even art, which both deal meanly in abstraction, design brings the focus of our attention to the concrete. – Fred Collopy.

If progress has taught us anything, it is that development comes from more brains having access to more knowledge, and eyeballs looking at problems and trying to fix them. – Johan Norberg

Planning is actually incompatible with an entrepreneurial society and economy. Planning is the kiss of death of entrepreneurship. – Peter Drucker.

If you are looking for a monument, look around you – Sir Christopher Wren.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that donors the servant and has forgotten the gift. – Einstein

People in systems do not actually do what the system says they are doing. – John Gall

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
Robert L. Peters

The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see. ― James Baldwin

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is nog enough, we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Privacy is espoused as the most fundamental of rights, marketed as the most desirable of commodities and pronounced dead twice a week. – Jonathan Franzen ‘Imperial Bedroom’

Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. – Tim Brown.

I need the sea, because it teaches me. – Pablo Neruda.

Systems thinking has a certain simplicity and elegance to it — basically, a shift from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network… To deal with nonlinear systems requires a change of perspective from objects to relationships, from measuring to mapping, and this is why visual thinking becomes important.
Fritjof Capra

The Blind Men and The Elephant

Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war.
Martin Luther King

The major problems of the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way people think. – Gregory Bateson

Our sense of ‘separation from Nature’ corrupts us, it fuels an arrogance, a hubris, whereupon common sense becomes insanity. – Gregory Bateson

The study of economic organization commonly proceeds as though market and administrative modes of organization were disjunct. Market organi­zation is the province of economists. Inter­nal organization is the concern of organization theory specialist. And never the twain shall meet. – Oliver Williamson

Community doesn’t just create abundance – community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed. – Parker J Palmer

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. – George Bernard Shaw.

Organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.
M. Conway

When everything is connected to everything else, for the better or for worse, everything matters – Bruce Mau.

The individual can take initiatives without anybody’s permission. Only individuals can think. Only the individual disregards his fears and commits himself exclusively to reforming the human environment.
Buckminster Fuller.

Good Design is Good Business. – Thomas Watson Jr.

Never let a good crisis go to waste – Winston Churchill

A goal without a plan is just a wish –
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A near zero marginal cost communication/energy infrastructure for the Collaborative Age is now within sight. The technology needed to make it happen is already deployed. At present, it’s all about scaling up and building out.
Jemery Rifkin.

Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era – it’s  a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology useable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good. – Clement Mok

Code is Law. – Laurence Lessig

My idea of village SWARAJ is that is a complete republic, independent of its neighbors for its own vital wants, and yet interdependent for many others which dependence is a necessity. – Mahatma Gandhi.

Not mass production but production by the masses. –
E.F. Schumacher

Human beings are at their best not when they are engaged in abstract reflection, but when they are intensely involved in changing the taken-for-granted, everyday practices in some domain of their culture – that is, when they are making history. – Spinosa, Flores and Dreyfus

Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself. – Thomas Paine

Decoration perpetuates the status quo by making it palatable, design alters it. – Aral Balkan.

Design without ethics is manipulation. – Aral Balkan.

Form follows Function – Louis Sullivan

It is not uncommon to suppose that the free exchange of property in markets and capitalism are one and the same. They are not. While capitalism operates through the free market, free markets don’t require capitalism. – Jeremy Rifkin

Being both entrepreneurial and social is no longer an oxymoron, but rather a tautology. – Jeremy Rifkin

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. –
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Markets are human artifacts, not natural phenomena. Market Design gives us a chance to maintain and improve some of humanity’s most ancient, essential inventions. – Alvine E. Roth

The attitude of the liberal towards society is like that of the gardener who tends a plant and, in order to create the conditions most favorable to its growth, must know as much as possible about its structure and the way it functions.
Friedrich Hayek

Probably nothing has done so much harm to the liberal cause as the wooden insistence of some liberals on certain rules of thumb,  above all the principles of laissez faire. – Friedrich Hayek

Market design is a team sport – Alvine E. Roth

Internet marketplaces have very precise rules, because when a market is on the web, its rules have to be formalized in software.  – Alvine E. Roth

A market has to solve multiple problems; it has to strengthen all the links in the chain of potential failures enough so that none to them will break – Alvine E. Roth

Building a better mousetrap isn’t always rewarded when the mice have a say in the matter – Alvin E. Roth

We shape our tools and then our tools shape us –
Marshall McLuhan

Technology is neither good, nor bad, nor is it neutral –
Melvin Kranzberg

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. ―
Charles Darwin

I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.― Steven Wright

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. – J.F. Kennedy

Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings. – Steven Johnson

There is no cloud, just other people’s computer
Free Software Foundation

Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.
Ram Dass

Maximum freedom to the parts, maximum coherence to the whole. – Brian Goodwin

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
E.O. Wilson

There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer. – Isaac Asimov.

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Søren Kierkegaard

All human beings are entrepreneurs, when we were in the caves, we were self-employed, finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s how human history began, but as civilization came, we suppressed it and we became labor. We forgot that we are entrepreneurs. – Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and pioneer of micro-finance.

Start Close In

Any system, biological, economic, or social, that gets so encrusted that it cannot self-evolve, a system that systematically scorns experimentation and wipes out the raw material of innovation, is doomed over the long term on this highly variable planet.
Donella Meadow

You cannot step into the same stream twice. – Heraclitus

Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien

 A pioneer is not someone who makes her own soap. She is one who takes up her burdens and walks toward the future.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. – Rabindranath Tagore

I certainly never feel discouraged. I can’t myself raise the winds that might blow us or this ship into a better world. But I can at least put up the sail so that when the winds comes, I can catch it.
E.F. Schumacher

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. ― Steve Jobs

What Technology Wants – Kevin Kelly

 Like science and technology, mythology, as we shall see, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it.
Karen Armstrong

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ― Albert Einstein

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. ― Brené Brown

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.  ― Malcolm Forbes

Be yourself,  everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Your playing small does not serve the world.
Marianne Williamson

We’ve learned that we’ve allowed technological capabilities to dictate policies and practices, rather than ensuring that our laws and values guide our technological capabilities.
Edward Snowden

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Maya Angelou

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Voltaire
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde